Cadillac vs. VW Jetta?

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Cadillac vs. VW Jetta?

Trying to decide if you should deploy Project Server and Project Professional 2010? Here is a breakdown of the high-level functionality you get if you deploy what I call the “Cadillac deployment” using Project Server and Project Professional 2010, or the “VW Jetta deployment” using SharePoint Server and use Project Standard 2010.

CADILLAC:

Project SERVER 2010 requires SharePoint Enterprise because it makes heavy use of the business intelligence reporting capabilities only available in that SharePoint edition. Together, Project Professional 2010 and Project Server 2010 create the Microsoft Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Solution, and gives you the tools to prioritize investments and optimize resources and visualize performance using powerful dashboards. Checkout the Microsoft Project Server 2010 on TechNet.

Project PROFESSIONAL 2010 (client) includes the client access license to connect to Project SERVER.

VW JETTA:

With SharePoint SERVER Standard institutions can share events, announcements and Outlook calendars with your entire organization. Schedule meetings, assign tasks and track your project’s status from conception to completion. SharePoint 2010 gives you the tools to stay on top of any project while exchanging ideas, generating crucial reports and more. Check out Synchronize SharePoint 2010 content with Outlook 2010article on Microsoft’s web site.

  • Easily control user permissions for documents or entire sites. You can control access levels for assets using SharePoint’s built-in security.
  • Automate email notifications when content is changed. You can automate notifications for common events like project document changes.
  • Optimize communication with team discussions and surveys. You can keep your team on the same page by opening the lines of communication.
  • Share and track project tasks using list libraries. You can track team productivity by synchronizing project lists with Microsoft Outlook tasks and to-do lists.

Project STANDARD 2010 (client) files can be posted to a SharePoint documents library, but it is not a shared project plan.